The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. While mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, today is a time to think about your own wellbeing and that of the people close to you – especially in relation to work.
Here are three simple things you can do to try and make sure you feel mentally well at work.
Make sure you take breaks
A study in 2015 showed that frequent, short breaks can help you improve your energy and concentration at work. Don’t sit at a desk all day; stretch your legs, read a book, take in the sights. Remind yourself there is more to life than work.
We know that exercise is critical for physical health, but it can also be important for mental health. Both the NHS and Anxiety UK recommend exercise for people with depression and anxiety. If you can spare some of your lunch break for a walk, or a cycle it can go a long way in helping you destress from work (for more about exercise and mental health see mind.org.uk)
Try new techniques
There are a few different techniques you can try to improve your mental health. After dealing with stress and anxiety at work – and the stigma attached to it – for nearly 40 years, Robert discovered mindfulness on FutureLearn. He says:
“I try hard now not to dwell on the past. And why worry about the future, which hasn’t happened yet? Instead, make the most of the here and now, and enjoy it as a series of positive mindful moments. Thanks to FutureLearn, I now have a much more positive outlook on life. I can warmly recommend the Mindfulness course to anyone who is suffering work-related stress.” (Read Robert’s story.)
Courses to help you take care of your mental health at work
Try reading for wellbeing with The University of Warwick
Check out the course Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing
Find out more about mental health with The University of Liverpool
Check out the course Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture